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In 2007 I traveled back to Bangkok to teach a seminar on Document Processing at Siam University. I worked with a small group of PhD students that we are helping to get started at the University. While I was there, I had a chance to see a half dozen of my former PhD students. Here are Bordin Samsomboon, Asadaporn Nuchaparoon and Vichita Vathanophas(right). Later in the week, I also had a chance to see Marut Buranarach and Worasit Choochiwattana
A 2004 trip to Bangkok to deliver a seminar on Knowledge Management gave me an opportunity to team up with my old friend Jim Williams and a chance to see one of my former PhD students -- Vichita Vathanophas and her mom Kanda. Of course, I can't be in Bangkok and not have a photo of a tailboat!
An old friend called in August of 2004 and asked if I would deliver a course on site and remotely in Macedonia. Two trips and 15 lectures later -- half by remote link -- left me tired but happy to have made new friends in Skopje, Macedonia. While I was there, I had a chance to walk a 700 year old bridge that was being restored.
Through the late 1990's until about 2005, I served as an adjunct faculty member at Molde College and traveled once or twice a year to teach. With the help of my colla`eague and good friend Kai Olsen, I managed to bring a lot of smoked salmon back and will always treasure the spectacular sunsets and vistas. The view down from Trollstein was one of the more spectacular. The sunsets were stunning and while this isn't the best, but it is the only one I am in!
I almost always take a picture or two of the hotels I stay at, but I don't normally post them. The Prime Minister's Suite at the Rica in Molde was a pleasant surprise on a trip when I lost my luggage both coming and going among other surprises! The hotel is shaped like a sailboat jutting out in the fijord.
In 2003, I had an opportunity to go to Madiera, an island 700 miles south west of Portugal game me an opportunity to deliver a paper and see some beautiful countryside. I also brought back some great wine and some beautiful linen. Finally, a screw up with the flights allowed some time to explore Lisbon for eight hours on the way back.
Through the 1990's Jim Williams and I made a number of trips to Thailand to teach intensive short courses at Mahidol University in Bangkok. We would arrive at 2:30 on Monday morning after a 36 hour flight and begin teaching at 8:00 that morning. We taught 8-10 hours/day for two weeks. Of course we had the weekend off to get ready for the second week, but that, as the evenings, was normally scheduled for us. Dr. Linda, sitting with the dark shirt next to me, scheduled our time and arranged for everything. She treated us like kings. The wonderful people and country are treasured memories. These two snapshots are from an early trip. My request to go on a tailboat ride was honored with an 8 hour trip up the river in 100 degree heat. It was great, but I learned to be very careful about what I asked for.
In 2001 I had the opportunity to teach a seminar on E-Business in Thailand for King Mongkut Institute of Technology. Professor Wichian Premchaiswadi was my host. He and is wife Nucharee, also a Professor at KMIT can be seen in the first row of the class picture. We had a wonderful seminar in Phuket followed by a little side trip to PhiPhi where we did some snorkeling and then back to Bangkok for another seminar. Here are a couple of snapshots of the class, the hotel in Phuket and the scenery at PhiPhi.
In 1995, I had the opportunity to travel to Australia to give a few talks. It was a quick trip -- four speeches in three cities in three days. Everything good that is said about the people of Australia and the country is true. It is a warm and hospitable place. While the three day visit did not leave much time for sightseeing, it was great good fun to sit eating dinner in the Grand Hotel in Adelaide, look out over the water, and realize that going straight ahead would bring you over the water to Antarctica and the South Pole! Here is a little picture of the last stop on the way to the South Pole
Two of the papers I delivered during the trip -- "Virtual Libraries" and "The Document Processing Revolution" are available on the "Selected Papers" panel. Karen Karykis, who graciously hosted the trip, was kind enough to indulge my ego by sending a picture from the keynote. It is posted as proof to my students that it is possible for me to smile!
1998, I was invited to offer a course in document processing at Molde College
in Molde Norway. I have since returned a number of times to offer short courses
and seminars. Kai Olsen arranged the seminars and trips.
Kai has appointments at Molde, Bergen, and here at the University of Pittsburgh.
Molde College has a beautiful main building that provides
state of the art human and technical comforts. The space is built around
a mall-like open corridor that rises through the four floors and is roofed
in glass making the space bright and airy. It looks as shown on the left.
The scenery in Norway is incredible. Here are two views that I found typical of the incredible beauty. The first looks west at sunset across the atlantic. The other is a late afternoon look to the south from the hills overlooking Molde. This view looks across the fijord.
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